In the wake of Microsoft’s Windows XP imminent demise, many of our Deltek Cobra customers are upgrading to Windows 7. With these changes come many challenges, including the fact that Cobra 4.7 won’t be supported on the Windows 7 platform: so they are in the process of upgrading to Cobra 5.1.
For most customers, upgrading is a delicate business with much potential risk. With ongoing projects that span many years and manage tens of millions of dollars in scope; keeping a few copies of Deltek Cobra 4.7 around as a backup is a common risk mitigation tactic.
While Cobra 4.7 won’t be supported by Deltek, and thus many IT departments on Windows 7 platforms, it does in fact work. So it would behoove project teams to keep a few standalone copies of Cobra 4.7 kicking around as a backup, just in case they run into any issues. After all, CDLRs submissions cannot be interrupted, so some parallel running of EVM data for a while is probably a wise and necessary move.
To that end, we have created installation instructions on how to install Deltek Cobra 4.7 on a 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 machine. It also shows you how to configure it to use an SQL Server Express database, if you’d rather not go with the old FoxPro default database that Cobra 4.7 installs by default. This document is based upon actual installations we have performed to test the process end-to-end.
You can download our installation guide here Installing Cobra 4.7 on Windows 7.pdf